world chess Olympiad, the opening ceremony which was scheduled for July 29 in Khanty-Mansiysk, postponed for a year because of the pandemic coronavirus infection. Together with her had to go first in chess history, Paralympics, Congress and General Assembly of the International chess Federation (FIDE).
“the Federation is deeply concerned about the growing pandemic COVID-19 and its impact on people’s lives. Taking into account the reports of the world health organization (who), indicating a steady increase in the number of infections worldwide, and given today’s announcement by the International Olympic Committee in the Olympic games, FIDE decided to postpone the 44th world chess Olympiad and Congress”, – said the press service of the FIDE.
Main tournament of the Olympiad was held in Moscow from 6 to 17 August, and the Paralympics from 30 July to 4 August. It is expected that postponements will be held in Moscow and Khanty-Mansiysk in the summer of 2021.
The FIDE Council has just issued a statement announcing the postponement of the 2020 Chess Olympiad and the FIDE Congress. These events, to be held in Moscow and Khanty-Mansiysk during the summer of 2020, are be rescheduled to the summer of 2021 at the same locations. pic.twitter.com/aDgOSavWzF
— International Chess Federation (@FIDE_chess) March 24, 2020
Notes that the world chess Olympiad is the most popular event of the FIDE, which is attended by thousands of people, including players, coaches, officials and spectators. The mission of the tournament is not only to determine results, but also to promote the game and the Association of chess fans around the world in this truly global sporting festival.
Chess Olympiad has become another major international competition, due to coronavirus, along with the summer Olympic games, European championship footballand the ice hockey world championship.